Are You Ready for the Rapture? - By Dale V. Nobbman - http://www.raptureready.com/soap2/nobbman36.html
I'm ready for the Rapture! Are you ready? You may want to consider getting yourself spiritually ready ASAP. We are nearly a month into the new year of 2016, which means we are another year closer to the Rapture of the Church (Christians) by Christ Jesus. The exact time of the Rapture is unknown, but all the signs detailed in the Bible indicate it is getting closer.
Even if you are only a casual observer of the world news via television, the worldwide Web, or in print, it is very easy to see and comprehend that the world news is getting worse and worse.
We no longer have a major news event or crisis somewhere around the globe, or right here in America just every once in a while, but they occur on virtually a daily basis, and quite often, multiple events take place on a single day, day after day. It must keep news people scrambling just to decide on which breaking news to make their top story from hour to hour.
I believe in the pre-Tribulation Rapture. Today's alarming worldwide events, combined with the bizarre thinking and weird behavior of people in widely scattered places, along with the increasing persecution of Christians worldwide, all lends credence and support to the fact the Tribulation is drawing nearer and nearer, and it will become necessary for the Rapture of the Church by Christ to take place before the terrible seven-year Tribulation period occurs.
In my time upon this earth spanning seven decades, there has never been a "stranger" period of time compared to the current time, and especially over the last eight years in America. Having the advantage of observing human events over an extended period of time from a Christian, Bible-based perspective, makes it easier to understand the 'big picture' of events and activities taking place around the world in the societal, cultural, political, religious, economic and moral realms of human interaction.
The stupefying, nonsensical, irrational, deceptive, evil, and just plain jaw dropping crazy behavior of international and national leaders and organizations, coupled with similar behavior by the general populations of various nations is all indicative of Satan's demonic, diabolical involvement and influence in human affairs leading up to the time of the Rapture and Tribulation.
The astounding amount of lies and deception and sinning taking place in America alone is unprecedented in the history of the United States, not to mention the same which is going on in the rest of the world.
The current "signs of the end times" as predicted and explained in biblical Scripture portend that world events are not likely to get better in America or around the world anytime again. We find ourselves on the ugly, dangerous slope toward the exit of the Church Age and onto the next biblical stage of prophecies.
Future events are clearly forecasted and detailed in Scripture for all people to read if they would only take the time to study the prophecies found in the Bible and properly prepare for what lies ahead. Oh, and by the way, not one single biblical prophecy has ever been wrong or failed to happen! And no Bible prophecies regarding the future are going to be wrong or fail to happen!
So, let's turn to the book of Acts to obtain some spiritual discernment of God's truth as recorded for us by the apostle Paul. Here are some things God has to say to us today through Scripture found in the book of Acts:
"Take heed therefore, so that the thing spoken of in the Prophets may not come upon you: Behold, you scoffers...for I (God) am accomplishing a work in your days, a work which you will never believe, though someone should describe it to you." (Acts 13:40-41)
"You will keep on hearing, but will not understand; and you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive; for the heart of this people has become dull, and with their ears they scarcely hear, and they have closed their eyes" (Acts 28:26-27).
"Open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God; in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me [Jesus Christ]" (Acts 26:18) .
"There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
"Of Him (Jesus Christ) all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him (Jesus Christ) receives forgiveness of sins" (Acts 10:43).
"Let it be known to you that through Him (Jesus Christ) forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and through Him (Jesus Christ) everyone who believes is freed from all things" (Acts 13:38).
The Scripture verses above precisely explain 'how' you can get yourself ready for the coming Rapture and escape the coming of the horrifying Great Tribulation.
Christians, those people who believe in the living Jesus Christ, will be in heaven with Him when the seven-year Tribulation period on earth takes place.
"Then we (Christians) who are alive...shall be caught up...to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 4:17).
"For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
I'm Ready for the Rapture
I'm ready for the Rapture dear Jesus
Ready to be called to my home above
To meet you Lord way up in the sky
In the ever so quick twinkling of an eye
From your cloud of glory Christ Jesus
You will call all Christians with a shout!
And we will be with you in the air above
Saved by your grace and precious blood
Oh Son of God, my merciful Savior
Come, Lord Jesus, is my daily prayer
Take me up to your Heaven on high
As I bid this earthly sphere goodbye